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What We Read: QBD Fountain Gate

This week our Fountain Gate team let us know all about their latest reads!
There's something for everyone's TBR in here!

Woman In The Window by A J Finn:

If you loved Girl on the train, you will love Woman in the Window. It's about a woman called Anna Fox who becomes agoraphobic after a traumatic experience. Anna lives alone never leaving her home. Spying on her neighbors. Anna soon becomes fascinated by the Russells' family. One day Anna hears a deadly scream coming from the Russells'. Thinking someone has been murdered see calls the police. After explaining what she had heard, no one believed her as Anna drinks at least 2 bottles of red a day and was medicated. Anna then doubts herself. If what she heard was real or just in her mind. Anna continues to follow the Russells to get down to the truth. A must read! - Joanne

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens:

A love triangle like no other. This book is full of love and heartbreak. You will fall in love with Kellan Kyle lead singer of a local band and Keira with her boyfriend Danny starting a new life in a new town. You can feel the pull of the love that can not happen and the struggles of one with a heartbreaking past. Follow the journey and enjoy Thoughtless with more books that follow , Effortless and Reckless. - Daniela

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven:

‘All The Bright Places’ is a heartbreaking tale of friendship and love between Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. The story conveys hope whilst remaining true to the characters in the novel. A good read for those who like the work of John Green. - Chanelle

The Love That I Have by James Moloney:

Margot Baumann is a young German girl who adores Hitler and wonders what it is like to be in love. She starts working in the mailroom of a concentration camp in 1944 when her naive view of the world irrevocably changes. Rather than destroy letters written by prisoners' as ordered, she secretly smuggles some, intending to forward them on to their loved ones. Letters between Dieter and his girlfriend Margot affect her so deeply that she is able to bravely and positively intervene where once it seemed all hope was lost. Powerful, unforgettable and heartbreaking. Fans of The Book Thief will love this book. - Nola

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris:

This is a raw story of life and love in Auschwitz-Birkenau. A confronting and uplifting tale of survival.
Based on a true story of an immigrant to Melbourne; it transports you to a time and place in history almost unimaginable to readers today. - Antonia

What We Read: QBD Doncaster Edition!

Today our Doncaster bookworms tell us all about what the have been reading!
There's some truly great reads in this list, perfect to snuggle up with on a cold winter's night!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black:

“Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.”

The Cruel Prince is a treasure – a triumph of character and story. This book is Holly Black in peak form; delightfully dark and deliciously wicked, set in a complex and lush world you can't help but want to visit. If you like faeries, romance, and fantasy novels, The Cruel Prince is a must read for teenagers and grown-ups alike! With swoon-worthy romance, adventure, and whip-smart characters, this is a book I will definitely re-read again and again! (Plus – who could go past this beautiful cover?!)

Perfect for fans of Tessa Gratton, Naomi Novak and Sarah J Maas. - Melanie

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan:

In this gripping, intertwined, relationship crime novel set in contemporary England. Anatomy of a Scandal shows that whatever class you are born into, your crimes will always be detected. The story line also describes that even if you are married to the perpetrator, and love them with your intense loyalty, the deception and reality cannot be ignored. This novel is about consequences and revenge. It is a story that touches on the Me Too movement by reinforcing that the power of women will prevail and will overrule the evil behaviour of men. - Annabel

Cell by Stephen King:

Stephen King brings us into a world where the mobile devices we use every day begin to broadcast a “pulse” signal when being used that turns humans into mindless, feral, cannibalistic zombies. The story follows Clay, an old fashioned kind of guy that does not own a cell phone, desperately trying to escape the chaos ensuing in the city to get back home to his family hoping it’s not too late for them. King pulls us into a ride of emotions versus the supernatural and shows us that when we are faced with what could be the end of humanity, it can bring out the worst in us and make us do unspeakable things for our own survival and to protect those we love. A roller coaster ride of thrills, twists, and turns, a must read for any Stephen King fan or lover of zombie fiction. - Paul

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli:

Meet Molly, the cousin of Abby from Love Simon (don't you love it when authors use the same universe for their books? I know I do), she's never had a boyfriend, or a girlfriend for that matter though girlfriends are more of her sister's kind of thing. Molly doesn't understand how two people can just meet and be perfect enough for each other that they fall in love, what are the chances of that? That kind of thinking begins to change when she meets Will and Reid, one a cool hipster boy the other a Tolkien nerd.

Becky Albertalli is quickly becoming one of the most recognisable young adult authors, with three books, one film released and a second on its way. She's just what the younger readers of the 21st century needed, tacking issues of self-esteem and sexuality. The Upside of Unrequited is an incredibly refreshing book as it isn't held back by previous generations taboos. Same-sex parenting, pansexuality, and self-love are comfortably part of the characters lives.

This book and Albertalli's two others are some of my most highly recommended books for anyone interested in teen romance and normalising LGBTQ+ relationships. - Peta

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover:

Maybe Someday is one of those books that leaves a lasting impression long after you read it. Her writing is filled with layers upon layers that she reveals to the reader. The choices the main characters make are incredibly real and the emotions she manages to draw upon is nothing short of extraordinary.

This is one of my favourite books by Colleen Hoover and I'm a huge fan. She is that author that I am comfortable to buy without reading any reviews, as I don't think she's done anything yet that I haven't loved. Make sure you find a comfortable spot to read this, you won't be moving until the very end.

“I wanted your heart more than I've ever wanted anything. The second I reached down and held your hand in mine, it happened. My heart made its choice, and it chose you.” - Ravy

Weirdest Stories by Paul Jennings:

Among the drudgery of new found adult issues and the rise of nostalgia at an all time high with the Incredibles 2 release I decided to revisit the stories of my youth, to a simpler time. Weirdest Stories did not disappoint.

I found myself transported back to a childish innocence that asked the question; what if? With stories ranging from plants growing out noses, mind reading, lip smacking with ice sculptures, bullies and a beetle that turn skin invisible, these short stories that had fascinated me in my youth and silently captivated classrooms with their out of this world situations still stand bizarre and entertaining as ever. A true Australian author, Paul Jennings really captures a Stephen King crossed with Andy Griffiths vibe for kids ages 8-12 (and those young adults nostalgic for a bit of Aussie weirdness similar to the tv show and book "Round The Twist" which Jennings also wrote).

I feel a little bit of sadness with the lack of attention these classic stories get now but if you or your child decide to give this book a flick I promise you won't be let down. Other nostalgic books you should visit if you enjoy this include: Spookiest Stories, Funniest Stories and Trickiest Stories all by Paul Jennings and Selby's Secret by Duncan Ball. - Natalie

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris:

If you enjoyed reading Night by Elie Wiesel or The Book Thief then your next adventure in historical fiction should be The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Based on the true love story of Lale and Gita Sokolov's survival in Auschwitz, Lale’s unwavering strength and optimism through the horrors of the holocaust is a beautiful demonstration of the determination of humanity and the triumph of love, even in the darkest times. - Hannah

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Sneak a peak at what our Hurstville team have been reading!

 

Love a good book? So do our team at Hurstville.
Check out what they've been reading...

 

Worlds of You by Beau Taplin:

Worlds of You by Beau Taplin is an inspiring and empowering poetry book separated into two parts: Love and Spirit both offering insight and comfort.
Beau Taplin was previously a songwriter and I feel that definitely gives him an edge that other poets just don't have. Every poem and prose has an easy, lyrical flow and as you read each one you can really feel the emotion from the author.
This book is just absolutely beautiful. The cover art, the feel of the cover, the simplicity and of course Beau's unique way of words are all stunning. I finished reading this book over a month ago but I'm not ready to put it on my shelf just yet. I still have it sitting on my bedside table so I can easily pick it up and flick through it often!- Bel

Ah Well, Nobody's Perfect by Molly Meldrum:

There once was a boy from Quambatook called Ian Meldrum, who moved to the city, got a job in a bank, and then became Molly, a music legend, writing for Go-Set, producing 'The Real Thing' & providing the soundtrack to our lives on Countdown & Hey,Hey It's Saturday.
Ian "Molly" Meldrum is an absolute legend! I laughed my head off with the funny & outrageosly silly antics Molly has put himself,family & friends through.
A must read for any music tragic like myself who remembers the good 'ol days of Countdown & Hey,Hey!!- Sal

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:

Inspired by the Black Matter movement,this is a powerful & gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. This book is a fantastic read that has a relevant message for our time. -Lara

 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes:

A beautifully, heart-warming, gut-wrenching story of adventure, love and determination. When colourful, bright, ordinary Louisa Clark meets stubborn, moody, wheelchair-bound Will Traynor, neither are prepared for the way their lives would change -Katie

 

The Dry by Jane Harper:

Australian crime fiction alw1ys has a unique feel to it, from the familiar characters to the slang. The setting too, like many Scandinavian crime novels, is incredibly unique – the vast expanses of the Outback are often as much a character as the detective or the suspects. With her debut novel, Jane Harper uses this with aplomb. Despite the land being so open and free, the heat of a drought and judging eyes of a small town give the writing a sense of intense claustrophobia. The Dry is home to many crime fiction tropes – the lone wolf detective, the small town with big secrets, a parallel mystery stemming from the protagonists childhood – but Harper makes them feel unique with the distinct Australian tinge. There are plot points that could occur no where other than the Australian outback, and the main character of Aaron Falk is gruff, hardworking and honest – decidedly Aussie values. The clever buildup of the investigation will keep you turning the pages, and the writing knows exactly when to speed up and slow down. There’s a reason The Dry has won so many awards – don’t miss it! - Jamie

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Check Out QBD Campbelltown’s Reading Recommendations!

 

Our Campbelltown team have leaped into the Spotlight this week with their fabulous reading recommendations! There's a book for everyone in this great list:

Mirror Sydney by Vanessa Berry:

The idea of an alternate city is an alluring one, explored by writers like China Mieville and Neil Gaiman in fiction, and you can step through the looking-glass for real in Sydney too, if you just look closely enough.

'Mirror Sydney' takes us on a journey through a city of oddities and follies; ghost signs, murals, abandoned shops, subterranean spaces,derelict amusement parks, memories and lost places. It is another world of wonder and ordinary strangeness, in plain sight to thousands of people every day but barely noticed on our busy way to our destinations. Vanessa's dedication to urban exploration is astonishing, and her keen eye and curiosity lead her to discover and share stories that not many of us know, which not only makes this a fascinating read but also an important document of small histories left behind in a rapidly changing city.

This is one of the best books I've read about Sydney, an alternative guidebook to the city and suburbs that shows a refreshingly different and infinitely more interesting place than that portrayed in glossy travel magazines. I love that it is written in a way that makes me feel as if I am right there exploring the city with the author, and the zine-style hand-drawn illustrations peppered throughout the book just add to the charm of it all. If you love people-watching and notice little quirky things and wonder why they are they way they are, then you will also love 'Mirror Sydney'.

QBD Bookalike: Delia Falconer's 'Sydney' is a memoir/history of the Emerald City in a similar vein, a bittersweet love-letter filled with nostalgia and exploration of Sydney's darkness as well as its bright sheen. - Marica

Bloodline by Claudia Gray:

I'm a sucker for Star Wars so I had to get my hands on this book. Claudia Gray's Bloodline tells the story of Princess Leia and her struggle to come to terms with the fact that she is Darth Vader's daughter while juggling her marriage to the infamous Han Solo and her demanding position as senator in the galactic senate. I was always curious about how Leia must have felt having Darth Vader as her father and this book saved me the trouble. There are awesome new characters as well as our old favourites. New worlds are explored and many new dangers present themselves. Princess Leia is brave, independent and wiser than ever before and is pushed to the very limit - will she overcome? May the Force be with us because this book is out of this world - literally! A must read for any Star Wars fan. - Jade

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins:

Stephanie Perkins definitely succeeded with writing a thrilling and gory novel inspired by 90s slasher teen movies. There's Someone Inside Your House is filled with a cute romance that will make you have butterflies in your stomach whilst also making you want to vomit out those butterflies from the graphic depictions of mutilated and dismembered bodies as a result of murder. Overall, this novel will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as you fangirl over the main couple and use your detective skills to uncover who the murderer is and when they will next strike. - Beth

Love Simon by Becky Albertalli:

'Love Simon', originally known as 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda', by Becky Albertalli, is a hilariously fun and infinitely adorable book that will make you laugh, cry and feel all tingly inside just because of how cute this book truly is. It's a classic Young Adult high school love story but with a LGBTQIA+ spin to it, which is what makes this book so incredibly special and one of the first of its kind. Not only that, but it's also the base material of the amazing new movie 'Love Simon', which has already made a huge impact worldwide for being one of the first 'mainstream' LGBTQIA+ movies.

'Love Simon' tells the story of 16-year-old Simon who is gay, but hasn't told anyone yet. He secretly emails with another guy whose pen name is Blue and they discuss everything from their feelings and thoughts about being gay to which flavour Oreo is the best. But when one of these emails is discovered by someone, Simon is blackmailed into doing something he doesn't particularly want to do, otherwise his sexual identity will become known by anyone. This spurs a series of events that will keep you entertained from start to finish with relatable characters, awkward moments, and just a whole bunch of cute and fluffy feelings all rolled into one extraordinary book. - 5 Stars - Ella

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi:

For a debut novel, Tomi Adeyemi has done amazingly. There was so much hype surrounding this book and it lived up to all of it. A beautiful, vibrant and magical book about people rebelling against their oppressors. There are so many parts of the book that I love but the characters are my absolute favourite. They're so well written with great back stories and even better character development. I could not recommend this book more than I already do. 5 Stars!! - Maria

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski:

Sapkowski's writing is a marvel to behold, his style is as unique as his characters. I found this book gripping in a way few other books have been for me and would recommend it to those getting into reading again or who are already established fans of fiction or fantasy. - Lachlan

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QBD Carindale’s Latest Reads

 

Today our Carindale team are in the hot seat, telling us all about what they've been reading.
If you're looking for a great new read, they have you sorted! Check out these fantastic suggestions:

When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi:

Not my typical read but it was unputdownable. Definitely a book everyone should read. It was pretty real and confronting how your life could be so perfect one day and then just comes crashing down the next. You really do feel what Paul Kalanithi is going through. I mean what do you do when your life is catastrophically interrupted ??? - Michelle

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas:

Tower of Dawn was a book I’m sure a lot of people have read and raved about, so now it’s my turn.
I might have taken my time but each page was an adventure and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. This book was so beautiful and filled in so many holes and is just another step closer to the end of the series. By the end of the book, I was not ready to leave the world Sarah J Maas had created and the characters, new and old, she wrote about.
This book just killed me it was so good! I’m dying to read the next one! - Taylah

Unbreakable by Jelena Dokic:

Do not judge another's life until you have walked a mile in their shoes. This to me is the basis of Jelena's story. For Jelena to have survived her father's emotional and violent abuse and to have reached number 4 in the WTA rankings is a testament to her strength of character. This raw and honest account of her life is awe inspiring and uplifting whether one is a tennis aficionado or not. - Gina

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek:

A very insightful book about people behaviour, social mindset and modern company cultures. It ties in nicely concepts of human psychology with the biological mechanisms inside us to give an explanation of human behaviours and how to deal with them. Recommend to everyone working in an organisation today but especially those that lead or aim at leading an organisation some day. -Charles

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The story centres on an annual war game between neighbouring boarding schools. There’s rumours of a mystical tunnel connecting pivotal territory, and the teachers could be linked to crimes of the past. This book is filled with fun and adventure, and is told with Marchetta’s trademark warmth and amazing characterisation. With mysteries of the past to be solved, and a new love story just beginning, you won’t want to stop reading! - Belinda

Woman in the window by A.J. Finn:

It has been described at 'suspenseful thriller' or 'page-turning' and 'twisted' - yes I would use those words to describe this novel, but with less enthusiasm.
It was suspenseful enough that I wanted to know what Anna Fox knew and what lies and truths would come out and how some events would turn out.
At first it's slow and took a while for me to actually get into it and be even a little more excited about the plot.
I would recommend it for anyone wanting a thriller and mystery to keep them going - but it's not something I'd put on top of my 'Must Read' list. - Cassandra

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green:

As a hardcore John Green fan, I bought this book without even reading the blurb – knowing I would love it if his previous novels are anything to go off. This book outdid my expectations and I connected with it more than I thought I could! Don’t get me wrong, it is intense, confronting and taps into some of the less spoken about issues of today’s teens – but Green has written this novel in a way that connects with its readers and doesn’t conceal the truth. Young adults looking for a novel that is raw and real – this ones for you. Tia

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness:

‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness is the first novel in his ‘Chaos Walking’ series. The novel is a pure literary feat and commands attention from the first chapter with perhaps some of the most intriguing first lines I have ever read. In this compelling coming of age tale, Todd Hewitt is born into ‘New World’ , a world where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts and men are simply ‘chaos walking’. However, after an isolated event alters the course of his life, he quickly learns not to believe everything he has been told. The novel can get a little dark in parts but I have never felt for two characters so deeply as I have for Todd and Viola in the Chaos Walking series. I cannot recommend this series enough. - Kara